For toddler Joseph Tidd, a day at the soccer pitch turned into a major bonding moment when he met Carson Pickett, a soccer player missing her forearm just like him.
Back in early June, Joseph’s father, Miles, took him to the season opener for the Orlando Pride, a U.S. women’s professional soccer team in Florida.As the game came to a close, Pride defender Pickett spotted the boy in the stands.
Like an old friend, she ran over to give him a fist bump, resulting in a series of sweet photos that have captured hearts worldwide.Both born without their left forearms, Tidd hopes that seeing such a strong role model like Pickett, 25, following her athletic dreams will inspire his son in the future.
He said that he doesn’t see Carson as a celebrity or a sports star. He just sees [her] and says, ‘Hey, she’s just like me.'”
When Tidd found out his son would be born without a forearm, he admits to feeling upset.He said when I found out that Joseph was missing a hand.But seeing people like Pickett thriving despite her lack of forearm, there’s no doubt in Tidd’s mind that Joseph will accomplish anything he puts his mind to.
Tidd said you want to play soccer at the highest level and you don’t think you can play because you don’t have your hand? Look at Carson you can do anything.
Though the photos were shared across the globe on Sunday, this actually wasn’t the first time Pickett and Joseph had met.In fact, the duo have hung out three times since April.